They’ve Come a Long Way
It’s not hard to be a big fan of the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golfers’ Association)
The Ladies of the LPGA Tour. These amazing athletes when they’re out on the “links” entertaining the spectators and TV audience throughout the year are certainly worth watching and learning from. Not only because of their skills at playing the “Royal and Ancient” game but also because of the manner in which they present themselves. It’s obvious they appreciate the spectators and fans in the way they acknowledge and respond to them with appreciation. Surely these lady golfers are the epitome of professionalism in sport.
Ladies, They’re all hard working and dedicated professionals and I think it would be unfair to name a few for fear of leaving out other players of equal skill. The one exception to that is to acknowledging how bright the future of women’s golf looks by naming some of the younger players. For example, New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, England’s Charley Hull and our own American crop of stars including Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie. Ladies golf not only in America but internationally is in wonderful shape.
Think about the excitement, along with all the interaction between the players and fans in every Solheim Cup. The high skills and “sportswomanship” exhibited by all the players in both the European team and the American team can only be commended.
When the Scottish Professional Catriona Matthew (European Solheim Cup Team Member) won the Scottish Ladies Open, it got me thinking. What is the history of womens’ golf. When did it start and where? It had to be in Scotland. So I did some searching and found:
The St. Andrews Ladies’ Club
No Surprise The first Ladies Golf Club anywhere in the world was formed in St. Andrews. The year was 1867.
Below is an article about the club that was published about two years later. What I read made me smile, and I thought it worthy of this blog. The ladies have come a long way.
Born in the soil of St. Andrews Links and making a struggle for existence and recognition, its remarkable success has led to the introduction of the culture of golf as a family recreation in England and elsewhere. Of course the wielding of the club assumes a mild form under the sway of the gentler sex, and has never as yet extended beyond the simple strokes of the putting green.
From looking further I found that this gentle state of women’s “putting-golf” didn’t last that long as the first “Ladies’ Championship” was played in 1893.
Golf is a much better game because of every Lady “Professional Golfer” who plays with such skill to entertain us. And for the thousands of lady “Golf Professionals” around the world teaching their pupils young and old, run golf pro shops, organizing charity tournaments, as well as performing all the other duties that make the lives of golfers more enjoyable.
Hope you found this little bit of history worth the read.
The Tip of the Iceberg. If you’ve read any of my many blogs on planning and running a one day charity fundraising golf tournament, then look at them as being just the tip of the iceberg.
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Whenever You Hold One, Wishing you every success with your Charity Golf Fundraiser Tournament.